Max Derrickson

Writing Music Program Notes for Over 20 Years

Beethoven – Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C-Major, Op.56

Ludwig van Beethoven Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C-Major, Op.56 [. . .] The subjection of the Triple Concerto to such judgement is a musing solely reserved for a composer of such genius as Beethoven. Had the Concerto been written by anyone else, or had Beethoven never climbed such ethereal heights in his […]

Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 in D-Minor, Op. 125 “Choral”

Ludwig van Beethoven   (b Bonn, December 16, 1770; dVienna, March 26, 1827) Symphony No. 9 in D-Minor, Op. 125 “Choral” 1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso 2. Molto vivace 3. Adagio molto e cantabile 4. Presto – Allegro assai Beethoven’s extraordinary Ninth Symphony of 1824, in culmination with all of his other exceptional output, gave […]

Beethoven – Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Opus 93

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Opus 93 Beethoven composed his Eighth Symphony during the summer and fall of 1812. For the piece’s 1814 premiere, it had the misfortune to be paired with a performance of the popular Symphony No. 7, and criticism of the new work was harsh. Critics still condemn […]

Beethoven – Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92

Ludwig van Beethoven   (b Bonn, December 16, 1770; d Vienna, March 26, 1827) Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92 1. Poco sostenuto – Vivace 2. Allegretto 3. Presto – Assai meno Presto 4. Allegro con brio   Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 is undeniably one of the most beloved symphonies ever written, and its famous second movement, of […]

Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 in C-Minor, Op. 67

Ludwig van Beethoven   (b Bonn, December 16, 1770; d Vienna, March 26, 1827) Symphony No. 5 in C-Minor, Op. 67 1. Allegro con brio 2. Andante con moto 3. Allegro 4. Allegro “Music is the mediator between intellectual and sensuous life … the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind […]

Beethoven – Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major Op. 55 “Eroica”

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 -1827) Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major  Op. 55 “Eroica” I. Allegro con brio II. Marche funebre III. Scherzo IV. Allegro molto   Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn in 1770 of an alcoholic and difficult father.  His childhood bore hardship, but early he excelled at music, was tutored in […]